Update on Floods across Guyana

The Civil Defence Commission reports on the flooding that has occurred across Guyana due to the recent weather pattern which has produced heavy rainfall and high tides which have left approximately 1,793 assessed homes being impacted.

Those homes and communities are as follows: in Region Three (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands) the villages of West Meten-meer-Zorg – 120, Tuschen – 40, Zeelught – 40, Hydronie – 10, Parika – 30.

Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) reported as follows: Prashad Nagar – 50, Newtown Kitty – 200, Campbelville – 100, Bel Air – 25, Unity Mahaica – 40, Lancaster – 200, Cove and John – (still being assessed), Cane Grove – 15, Vereeniging – (still being assessed), Nabacalis – (still being assessed), Hope Estate – 220, Sophia A and B Field – 79, Alboystown – 300, South Ruimveldt – 55, Plum Park – 150, Buxton – 10, Haslington – 12, Strathspey – 10, Mon Repos – 15, Bladen Hall – 10, Annandale – 12, and Shamrock Gardens – 35.

Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) reported from Bartica with 15 impacted households.

Action taken by CDC the over past 24 hours
❖ Coordination of key agencies including RDCs and NDCs
❖ Gathering of key data to inform Assessments in critically affected areas
❖ Mobilisation and on standby of Cleaning Hampers
❖ Issuing of flood and prevention alerts to RDCs, Municipalities and NDCs
❖ Public Information updates
❖ Mobilise cleaning resources for distribution to affected communities

Action taken by other agencies
❖ Municipalities, RDCs and NDCs continue to conduct assessments and will update CDC throughout the forecast period
❖ Hydromet continues to monitor weather system and issue technical alerts and warnings
❖ NDIA has been conducting drainage assessments of affected areas
❖ Regional and City Engineers monitoring sluices and pumps

Action over the next 24 hours
❖ Distribution of sandbags on demand
❖ On the ground coordination with the RDCs and NDCs
❖ Monitor weather across regions in collaboration with Hydromet
❖ Monitor flood impact reports on formal groups, social media and other sources
❖ Distribution of cleaning hampers to affected residents through the NDCs and RDCs

As at 18:30 hours two teams have returned from distributing cleaning hampers to the requisite NDCs and RDCs in Regions 3, 4 and 5. Resources for Region 7 have been sent to them through Parika.

The Civil Defence Commission continues to advise citizens to take all necessary precautions to protect their households, crops and livestock, and to report any unusual occurrences to our National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on telephone numbers 226-1114, 623-1700 and 600-7500.

Please see photographs from today’s distribution of cleaning supplies to the various households from the CDC’s Public Information Unit.